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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Herd on the Hill: Swine flu

Excerpted from this post at Herd on the Hill

The new, deadly virus has hit Iowa and hit it hard. Not only are there
reported cases of the H1N1 virus throughout the state, today, China
stated they would no longer accept Iowa pork exports. That is
devastating news. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey,
released this statement: "Iowa pork, and all pork for that matter, is
safe and China and the other countries that are banning pork imports
are not acting based on science. It is unfortunate that these
unjustified actions are being felt most dramatically by the farmers
who raise pork." ... Why are we not hearing more state officials speak
out on this? This has a huge affect on Iowa's economy and we can't do
enough to correct misconceptions about the virus and Iowa pork.

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